Samurai's Perineal Hernia Surgery

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Postby Patch O' Pits » October 16th, 2010, 2:39 pm

About Samurai for those who haven't met him. AKA "SAM the HAM, Mr. BUTT BAM-SLAM" says hi by doing 180 flip in the air to give you his butt to scratch... Yes, he even does this to judges in the show ring. I call him my comic relief. His theme song is "Baby Got Back" because of it. But, with his booty all swollen from surgery still, there isn't any butt scratching going on so Samurai is a sad boy.
Here is a picture of my handsome boy:
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Samurai is home recovering from the over 3 1/2 hour surgery he had to have on Monday. It was for a big messy bilateral perineal hernia repair. His prostate and fat had already fallen through though and was trapped.
From the outside and his behaviors you never really would have known anything was wrong. However, I knew something wasn't right.
I noticed a strange puffy area which I should to a different vet who told me it was nothing when I took him in because my vet was closed. Luckily, I have a wonderful regular vet and great vet tech who took care of him & found the problem during his regular check up. Just goes to show not all vets are created equal, so make sure you find a good one.

I should have taken picts of the area after the procedure as it was incredibly painful looking and nasty, so I figured it would totally grossed everyone out.
His butt is all shaved and he has internal and external stitches.
He's still swollen, complaining, and is not happy about being crated. If all goes
well, recovery will take a couple of weeks. He had a 5 day recheck today, and vet said he is coming along nicely, and is better than she expected at this point.

Prayers, well wishes and kind words are appreciated.
Right now I'm exhausted from being up every night to make sure he doesn't lick. I can't put an e-collar on him because he flips out and actually got a paw caught up in it trying to get it off. He is as strong as a bull which of course is a good thing for helping him recover, but not for helping him rest.

Well, I'm totally broke again. Thank goodness for credit cards...
Everyone remember to either keep a spare card for emergencies or a dog bank account. Our dogs would do anything for us; so we need to make sure we prepare and can do things for them too... even when it is tough.

Samurai says, "Hug your dogs and be aware of lumps, bumps and bulges and get them checked. You never know what they might be...."
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Postby Ino » October 16th, 2010, 2:56 pm

OMG he is handsome!!! I hope he has a speedy and uneventful recovery period! I am glad your regular vet found the hernia. Best wishes for him!!
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Postby Jenn » October 16th, 2010, 3:02 pm

Best of thoughts for a speedy recovery!! :hug3;
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Postby Malli » October 16th, 2010, 3:16 pm

Aww Samurai :(

What about the inflatable doughnut type collar? That should work for the location...

kind of like this : http://www.amazinghealth.co.uk/comfy-collar.htm

my vet is now selling them which means he's convinced of their affectiveness (though we know not everything works for every dog!), and he is a man of his convictions ;)

good thoughts for both of you. Maybe if you give him a towel diaper and sleep with him on the bed you can get some rest...
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 16th, 2010, 3:17 pm

:goodthoughts:
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Postby Patch O' Pits » October 16th, 2010, 5:13 pm

Thanks! he has that collar too and I tried three different sizes he can still reach and he ripped one of them apart when I left the room for a minute. He is a determined little bugger LOL
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Postby Pit♥bull » October 16th, 2010, 5:38 pm

:goodthoughts: for Samurai, he'll be begging butt scratches before ya know it. :dance:
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Postby iluvk9 » October 16th, 2010, 5:49 pm

Samurai is really stunning, as are all your dogs. Good thoughts coming his way!
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » October 16th, 2010, 6:10 pm

Good thoughts coming from my crew
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Postby plebayo » October 16th, 2010, 6:31 pm

Sending lots of good thoughts your way!
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Postby Marinepits » October 16th, 2010, 11:45 pm

Thoughts, prayers, and hugs for all of you!
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Postby cheekymunkee » October 17th, 2010, 3:43 pm

Get well soon sweet boy!!!
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Postby Patch O' Pits » October 17th, 2010, 4:43 pm

Thanks everyone!
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Postby Patch O' Pits » October 26th, 2010, 9:04 pm

The swelling is down a lot and he is stating to look a lot better.
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Postby Marinepits » October 27th, 2010, 12:49 am

Great news!!! :D
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Postby Malli » October 27th, 2010, 3:04 am

excellent! Now to keep him quiet as he is feeling better! :D Good luck!
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Postby Jenn » October 27th, 2010, 12:14 pm

Yay, I'm sure he's getting plenty of loving to help the healing process!! :)
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 27th, 2010, 12:34 pm

So glad he's doing better! I know you must have been so worried. :)
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Postby Patch O' Pits » October 27th, 2010, 8:44 pm

Malli wrote:excellent! Now to keep him quiet as he is feeling better! :D Good luck!
Hmmmm Calm and quite... What's that!??! :mrgreen:
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Postby Malli » October 28th, 2010, 3:35 am

indeed, what IS that to a Pit Bull?? :D
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